The popular event which draws hundreds of guests to the golf course community in the Hickory Flat area is also a way to give to a good cause, with proceeds benefiting a number of charities and agencies in the community that help others.
“Each year it grows and gets better. Everything is going really well this year — the homeowners are ready and we are ready for our guests,” said Carolyn Sanford, Bradshaw Women’s Club member and publicity chair for the event.
Houses featured on this year’s tour include: the home of Scott and Julie Cullins at 217 Jeffrey Drive; the home of Todd and Kelli Ketcham at 4081 Hickory Fairway Drive; the home of Wick and Terry Smith at 507 Avery Creek Pointe and the home of Richard and Kim Avery at 128 Fairway Overlook.
“One of the comments we always get from those who attend is the friendliness of those presenting the tour,” Sanford said. “This is also our biggest fundraiser of the year.”
Each of the four homes will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays with a different theme or motif. Many offer wonderful views of the golf course and surrounding countryside and at each home club members will be on hand to greet visitors.
A charming holiday quilt made and donated by founder of the women’s club Carol Smith will be raffled off during the tour. The quilt will be on display at the Cullins home, and tickets are $5 each or $10 for three.
A special musical high note of this year’s event will be a duo at the Smith home regaling guests with seasonal favorites. Judy Griffin will play the hammered dulcimer and Delores Grimm will play classical guitar.
The sounds of the two musicians are sure to put those visiting the tour in the holiday mood.
For the Cullins, this is the second time they have agreed to feature their lovely classic home on the tour. Described as traditionally elegant with a simple, contemporary style, the home affords beautiful views from the spacious family room and kitchen.
The kitchen was recently remodeled and the family enjoys both formal and informal entertaining throughout the house, reflected in the tasteful seasonal decorations that accent each room.
The couple has lived in the home for more than 13 years, and has lovingly decorated each area for the holidays with a variety of Christmas trees and beautiful accents.
Next on the tour, the Ketchum home is all dressed up for the holiday with whimsical style and plenty of panache.
The circular drive leads up to a spacious front porch where a playful Snowman Tree is standing sentry.
Inside the traditional manor style home a sweeping foyer with chandelier decorated in a striking fashion is the first thing to welcome guests. There are five beautifully decorated trees throughout the home, including one in honor of the Pink Pig, a family tradition for Kelli Ketcham.
The beautiful house is home to the couple and their two young sons and provides amble room for the family.
Kelli says the family enjoys the entire home, with plenty of room to spread out.
The large eating area in the fantastically decorated kitchen, as well as the formal dining room, are both filled with decorating ideas those who visit are sure to take away with them.
While the couple has only lived in the home for five years, they have made Bradshaw Farm their home for 15 years.
“We love the neighborhood and when we were ready for a move, we just moved into another home here,” Todd Ketcham said.
The impressive home of Terry and Wick Smith is not beautifully decorated with holiday cheer, it also has a permanent art collection filled with a variety of artists and styles.
The solarium is one of the most dramatic rooms of the house and is part of a recent addition. The warm room featuring a striking mahogany bar offers sweeping views of the golf course and nature.
A beautiful Thomas Kincaid painting of a home decorated for the holidays sets the decorations on the mantle off perfectly.
The Smiths have lived in the home since 1996, and seven years ago completed a renovation that almost doubled the home in size.
Christmas trees abound throughout the house, and one even sits next to the beautiful swimming pool in back of the home.
Terry Smith had some help from friends in getting the massive home ready for the tour, and her talented sister did the window treatments throughout the home.
“We love to entertain, and this is the perfect time of year to have guests,” Terry Smith said, looking lovely in seasonal colors herself.
The last home on the tour is that of the Averys, who have lived in their traditional home for four and a half years.
Kim Avery was a fan of the tour even before she moved to Bradshaw Farm and was the first to agree to open her home for this year’s tour.
The home is exquisitely decorated with rich colors and textures throughout, and the holiday decorations complement the décor in each room.
The couple will have all three levels decorated for the tour, including a fun tree in the basement combining Louisiana State University memorabilia and Mardi Gras themed masks and ornaments in gold and purple, giving a regal appeal to the tree.
Richard Avery hails from New Orleans and is an LSU fan, while Kim Avery is a University of Georgia supporter.
In the next room is a UGA tree done in all red and black.
Upstairs, the tree in the living room is exquisite with ornaments and decorations in soft blue, green and gold, the there are lovely touches of Christmas throughout the main level, as well as the rest of the home.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Chamberhouse at 145 West Main St. in Canton, Christine’s Creations, Inc. at 8838 Main St. in Woodstock, House and Garden Boutique at 103 Bowles Drive in Woodstock, Pineapple Park at 8494 Main St. in Woodstock, Three Sisters Gifts at 6205 Hickory Flat Highway in Canton, the Ivy Garden Gift Boutique and Salons at 113 Palm Street in Holly Springs and the Whole Nine Yarns at 8826 Main St. in Woodstock.
Also, tickets will be available the weekend of the tour at Bradshaw Community Clubhouse, 3028 Bradshaw Club Drive.